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Success! Vincent from Tanzania raised $838 to fund orthopedic surgery.

Vincent
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$838
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$0
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Fully funded
Vincent's treatment was fully funded on October 5, 2018.

Photo of Vincent post-operation

November 5, 2018

Vincent underwent orthopedic surgery.

Vincent’s surgery went well. He is currently in full casts on both legs.

Vincent’s mother says, “My son is now going to enjoy running around with other children without pain. Thank you very much.”

Vincent’s surgery went well. He is currently in full casts on both legs. Vincent’s mother says, “My son is now going to enjoy running aro...

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September 12, 2018

Vincent is a toddler from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of four children. Vincent is a cheerful boy who loves to play. Vincent’s parents are small-scale farmers.

Vincent was diagnosed with genu varus. His legs are bowed outwards. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he feels pain when walking for long distances or after running and playing with other children.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Vincent. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 13. Treatment will hopefully restore Vincent’s mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications.

His father says, “I didn’t know my son needed treatment for his condition…Thank you for enlightenment and I am really thankful for your help.”

Vincent is a toddler from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of four children. Vincent is a cheerful boy who loves to play. Vincent’s ...

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Vincent's Timeline

  • September 12, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Vincent was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • September 20, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Vincent's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 25, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Vincent received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • October 05, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Vincent's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 05, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Vincent's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 1 donor

Funded by 1 donor

Treatment
Fluorosis - Genu Valgus / Varus
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $838 for Vincent's treatment
Hospital Fees
$789
Medical Staff
$15
Medication
$11
Supplies
$0
Labs
$23
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients with genu valgum (or "knock-knees") have knees that bend inward and cause an abnormal walking gait. Patients with genu varum (or bowleggedness) have knees that bend outward and cause knee or hip pain and reduced range of motion in the hips.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

The patient's mobility is hindered, which can prevent the patient from making a living through physical labor. The patient may also develop arthritis later in life.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

In the United States, supplemental fluoride is added to the water to improve dental health. However, in areas of northern Tanzania, there is too much naturally-occurring fluoride in the water, which causes bone curvature.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

After surgery, the patient will stay in the hospital for 4-5 days. During this time, the surgical wound will be monitored for swelling and infection. The patient will complete physiotherapy to help him or her walk or move the limbs. A series of X-rays will be performed over several months to monitor the healing process.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The bones and joints will be aligned, and long-term disability will be prevented.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This procedure is not risky, but it is time-consuming. The rehabilitation process can take several months.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Care is not easily accessible. Most patients live in remote, rural areas and are identified through mobile outreach. The pediatric surgical program at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre was started to meet the large burden of pediatric disability in the region.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives. Although some cases can heal on their own, the patients submitted to Watsi require dedicated treatment.

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Naw Htee

Naw Htee is a 30-year-old woman from Thailand. In 2006, Naw Htee and her family fled from Karen State, Burma to Thailand because there were conflicts between the armed groups and the country's military in their village. She now lives in a refugee camp with her family. In 2010, Naw Htee felt a severe toothache while she and her parents were visiting her village in Burma. She went to the nearest local clinic, where she had her molar teeth extracted. After the procedure, Naw Htee was in extreme pain; she could not even open her mouth as she used to. She was told that pain after tooth extraction is normal and that the pain will be diminished if she takes painkillers. Naw Htee tolerated the pain and hoped for the pain to be gone. Since then, Naw Htee could barely open her mouth. Naw Htee was too afraid to tell about her condition to anyone. She carried this burden for almost 9 years, until she decided to seek help. She then visited the clinic in the refugee camp. After trying oral medication and since her condition remained the same, she was referred to Mae Sariang General Hospital (MSGH) in July 2019. There, she received an x-ray, and the doctor diagnosed her with Ankylosis of the Temporamandibular joint [TMJ], stiffness of a joint due to abnormal adhesion and rigidity of the bones of the joint of jaw. She was then referred on to Chiang Mai Hospital (CMH) as MSGH does not have capacity to treat her condition. Once at CMH, the doctor told Naw Htee that she needs to undergo a special x-ray prior to receiving treatment. Doctors want Naw Htee to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $469 to cover the cost of Naw Htee's CT scan and care, scheduled for February 5th. Naw Htee mentioned, “I wanted to be a healthy, strong and supportive mother, even without the support of their father.”

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